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    "It is from that time that the incurable disease known as 'Sheepdog Trialling' really began to get a hold on me and it has continued in its acute form ever since."

    -H. Glyn Jones

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  1. I've seen a genetic tree somewhere once upon a time that showed the split in the Border Collie along with some other breeds- does anyone have a link to that? I've been looking for it without any luck
  2. Chick-N-Picker - the two separate 'lines' of Border Collies have been bred drastically differently. Working bred Border Collies have been bred exclusively for working ability for forever, whereas the bench show "Border Collies" have been bred for how they look and not how they perform. The difference here is that working Border Collies are a breed because of what they can DO and never for what they look like. Therefore working Border Collies come in a huge variety of appearances because no one cared what they look like as long as they can do the work. They're bred for a working standard. The show lines are cookie cutter and are bred to a visual standard with no accountability for work, so they all look generally the same and are quite incapable when it comes to true stock work.
  3. I haven't had much opportunity to photograph cattledog trials but I'm planning to make more of an effort of it in 2017. Definitely need the practice but I don't really attend cattle trials since I don't compete in them. There are quite a few in Iowa and I'm hoping to go spectate/shoot at more of them next year!
  4. Apologies if this goes against the rules, feel free to remove. Just finished putting together a 2017 calendar for working Border Collies from photos of mine at trials over the last couple years, thought I'd share here. Email me at jaderbugphotography@gmail.com if interested in purchasing! Offering a wire bound and a staple bound. Really excited about these, been wanting to do this for years and I'm thrilled with how well they turned out :-)
  5. Is this what's being considered a working Beardie? (source- this isn't the one from the trial) Guess I figured dogs like this were more or less a Border Collie with a throwback coat, but if this is considered a 'Bearded Collie' I can certainly see them as nice working dogs. A far cry from what's called a Bearded Collie here in the US.
  6. Running in the Novice class... quite frankly, it was sad. Embarrassing almost. This dog, being handled by an AKC judge, was taken to the post, taken off the leash, and immediately turned tail and went running probably 100 yards in the total opposite direction of the set out to go find mom. The handler marched up, got the dog, took him back to the post, and had to entice the dog numerous times to go out, go out, go out farther. He eventually found the sheep (I guess?) but it was clear at the post that this poor dog had absolutely no clue why he was there. This was clearly out of his element and totally different from anything he'd ever done. The sheep lifted off the dog and went running hell bent for leather back to the exhaust, and just happened to go through the fetch gates. Dog had absolutely nothing to do with it, and I hear the owner later boasting that the dog made the fetch panels. Heard several people commenting that they have seen nice working Beardies and that there are some very nice ones overseas that don't look like running mops. Anyone ever seen any? Know of any videos of true working Beardies?
  7. I had a very bad experience good learning experience with this breeder... stay away. Far, far away.
  8. Starting to collect tidbits for building a farm to be ready for whenever we do finally take the plunge and thought I'd ask about experience and preferences. What aspects about your farm/livestock/dog management do you love? Hate? Any tools, fixtures, hardware, products, designs, etc. that you particularly like? How about the layout/funcitonality of your farm- any components (i.e. a race, chute, pens, yards) that you have/don't have that you'd recommend?
  9. It's been a couple years since I saw a litter of them, but they didn't really broadcast it. Just listed them on whatever puppy-sale website (another strike IMO) they use, there were definitely multiple litters though. Might have had something on Facebook about them at one time. Ask them. EDIT: Here you go.
  10. Thanks all for the many comments, definitely some interesting discussion here. Should add though that I didn't necessarily mean confidence as the only factor as to mixing/sorting, but rather any trait that comes naturally to the dog, confidence was just one of the first things to come to mind. I really like Emily's question regarding littermates- do you look at littermates and/or relatives of the same or similar breeding when making decisions about breeding your own? Is it to be assumed that if a relative exhibits something either desirable or undesirable, the genes for those traits are within your dog as well?
  11. Have been pondering the heritability of different traits desirable in a working dog- say you have a dog that is lacking confidence but is very talented otherwise. Obviously, you'd like to find a match that is perhaps a very confident dog to balance out or improve on the other dog. But, what is the heritability of something like that? I realize it's all a crap-shoot, but in your experience, do the resulting pups end up as a mix, where the working traits kind of meet in the middle, or do they sort, where you'll have some pups exhibiting the particular traits of each parent and not the other? Does it depend on the trait?
  12. Oh boy... put me on the spot! For starters, this is how I shot the ones I just posted: I put this together a while back, just some rules of thumb I use that I've kind of learned and picked up over the years: Tips for better dog photography Oh and having willing subjects helps, obedience works wonders for canine photography subjects Thanks, Emily!!
  13. On different sheep she's generally pretty excited. We make it over to my trainer's fairly often, but since I have her sheep at my place, it's like working the same sheep. I've been working on getting out to different fields and different sheep. We'll be visiting another field/group of sheep tomorrow (she's been to just a couple times), next week we'll be going somewhere totally new to both of us. Most other available fields are at least an hour or more (mostly more) from us, so it's not always easy to work other places. Definitely need to put more emphasis on that though. Think I'll run out get some video in the morning (mosquitoes are eating us alive tonight) and try to get some video of Pepper driving, I'm never very good at explaining what's happening on text
  14. Her stop at home has been pretty solid, but so far at trials she's either slow to stop or sees it as a suggestion... which I suppose would mean it's not REALLY that solid :-) When she's fetching to me and I am facing her, her pace is alright. She lies down quickly at home when I am facing her, but when she is driving away from me, she breaks into a lope and pushes right through the sheep, and is slow to lie down. I'll lie her down and get her back up, but I don't think it's registering that she doesn't need to be pushing that hard. I don't think she's thinking about what she's doing on the drive. My trainer always says "use the sheep" to show how wrong they are, but at a distance I'm not sure how to do that aside from letting them scatter so she can see what she's caused. (?) I'll definitely try walking backwards with the sheep, see if that helps.
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